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WHP Executive Committee
John Alexander 
Klamath Bird Observatory

Maria del Coro Arizmendi 
Universidad Nacional Aut�noma de M�xico

Susan Bonfield 
Environment for the Americas

Greg Butcher 
Migratory Species Coordinator
USFS, International Programs
Sarahy Contreras
Universidad de Guadalajara

Geoff Geupel 
Director, Emerging Programs and Partnerships Group
Point Blue Conservation Science


Chrissy Howell 
Regional Wildlife Ecologist
USFS, Pacific Southwest Region
USFS Committee
Cheryl Carrothers
Wildlife Program Leader
USFS, Alaska Region


Barb Bresson
Avian Conservation Program
USFS, Pacific Northwest Region


Western Hummingbird Partnership
Western Hummingbird Partnership (WHP) is a collaborative approach to hummingbird research, conservation, and education. Working with partners in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, WHP strives to understand what hummingbirds need to survive in a changing world. Our newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest in hummingbird news. Thank you for joining us!
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WHP Requests Proposals

In 2014, WHP's small grant program funded the development of a hummingbird education curriculum and a Guide to Hummingbirds and Their Plants, an evaluation of hummingbird diversity in Baja California Sur, and more. The opportunity to submit proposals is available again. WHP is accepting proposals for projects that benefit our knowledge of hummingbird populations and their conservation. Organizations and researchers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States may apply. Full details about the proposal requirements and a proposal template are provided on the WHP website at the link below. 

Graduate student Sara Cole created a hummingbird curriculum with a grant from WHP.
Monitoring Hummingbirds in Mexico

From the coast to 1800 meters (5900 feet) between the Mexican states of Nayarit and Jalisco, researchers from San Pancho Bird Observatory conducted surveys of hummingbirds to examine their altitudinal distribution, relative abundance, and habitat use. They also used various survey methods to study if, used alone or in combination, detection of hummingbirds differed.

Some hummingbirds such as White-eared Hummingbird, showed altitudinal preferences. This species was more likely to be observed between 1500 and 1800 meters (4920-5905 feet). Cinnamon Hummingbird, while distributed from the coast to 1200m (3937'), was detected more often between 300 and 600m (984-1968'). In addition to recording birds that were seen and heard, some point count stations were re-sampled using an owl playback call to determine if detection of hummingbirds was improved. Visit the WHP website for more information.

Hummingbird Abundance Tied to Flowering

The Magnificent Hummingbird breeds in southeastern Arizona and is resident in diverse habitats in Mexico. A study conducted in Chiapas, Mexico examined the abundance of this and other hummingbird species in relationship to the abundance of floral nectar. 

Passiflora membranacea (see photo) is an unusual vine with yellow flowers. It blooms in Chiapas' oak forests from February to August, peaking in June. Researchers found that the flowering phenology and abundance of this striking plant is positively elated to the abundance of Magnificent Hummingbird. This study ads to our growing knowledge of the importance of plant phenology to some populations of hummingbirds.
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